The image on the left was taped onto a trailer at the Alberta Vehicle Extrication Association (AVEA) annual Alberta “BIG RIG” H.O.T Symposium. I thought it was a great picture to share. However, the folks at the Blue Collar Training Network took that image a bit further with a detailed post on their Facebook Page. A screenshot is below, but for the full post head over to their Facebook Page and make you like to follow all the content they post.
ALBERTA Advanced Heavy Rescue Symposium
Man Lift Rescue
This is another type of outside the box rescue call that could happen anywhere. Man lifts are often used in tight areas with no room to use an aerial rig.
Outside the Box
The photos below were posted on North Wildwood Fire Department Facebook page. Quint 2, Squad 3, & Rescue 3 responded to Moreys Surfside Pier for a technical rescue. Crew found a stalled man lift that was leaning to one side and was in jeopardy of falling over. Crews stabilized the machine and assisted with removing the worker from the basket.
This is another type of outside the box rescue call that could happen anywhere. Man lifts are used in many areas that ladder and tower rigs cannot close enough to be used. Take a look at the photos and run a few different scenarios thru your mind just in case you ever need them to draw from.
Rescue Plans by the trades:
Clean Side vs Dirty Side
Here’s an example of why I love Facebook for the fire service. Someone shares a picture of a training or a call. It sparks a question, the poster of the pictures provides more details. And just like that, knowledge is shared. At FDIC several years back, one of the HOT Instructors showed students how to put to struts on the dirty side of a vehicle and use a chain with a floating master link to tie the vehicle back to an anchor point. I became a big fan of it. Fast forward to this week when Brian Harting (Ohio Region 2 USAR) posted a bunch of photos from a class he taught. Brian’s pictures showed two struts on the dirty side but with a chain used to tie the vehicle back to an anchor. I sent him a quick message about the pictures and a little dialogue followed.
Yes absolutely. I have seen the floating middle attachment. For a guy who knows what’s going on, I can live with it. However, for a beginner who may not judge the terrain, who may be on a slope that is high or low, parallel to the car you can get the chain/car to roll through the master link, especially at such a wide included angle in the chain. I have seen a floating hook roll through the chain before. It’s definitely an option. I just try to show least common denominator to first timers. With that I pre tension the chain to get the resultant and sub in the sister chains to prevent the roll.
In the picture below, the anchor isn’t inline with the vehicle. Offset stabilization was used in tying the vehicle back to the anchor.